ELMValentine – Fireweed Dissection

As I wrap up each of my four plant dissections, I’ll post them indivudally to the class website.  These dissections were fun to do, and a good challenge to use the new terms we used in class.


My first dissection was of fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium  (L.) Holub.  This was the first fireweed that I’ve seen in bloom this year.  Knowing there are many more to come, I was OK with harvesting it to dissect for class.


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  1. Another well documented dissection! I am really very happy with your display of mastery of the dissections and use of terminology! Great job! Stick your dissecting needle into the anther and see if the pollen comes out in threads, the pollen grains of the evening primrose family (Onagraceae) has viscin threads that hold the pollen grains together and thus the pollen is transferred in larger clumps – sweepstake pollination!

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